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Mark Allan Schneider
Mark Schneider is a student of Indian politics. His research interests include the distribution of selective government benefits, party-voter and party-politician linkages at the local level, and intra-party organization. His fieldwork has included qualitative interviews and large-n surveys at the elite and voter levels in four Indian states that begun when he was an undergraduate studying violence and continued through the study of various aspects of clientelism and democratic practice in rural India. Mark’s dissertation comprises a series of papers that identify severe capacity issues in the practice of clientelism at the local level. The dissertation is based on a survey of voters and village council (gram panchayat) elites that asks local politicians directly about sampled voter survey respondents in order to more directly measure the information local politicians have about voters’ political preferences as well as distributive preferences and distributive expectations and outcomes at the local level. The broader project aims to develop a mechanism for changes in elite strategies from clientelism to a form that increasingly resembles programmatic distribution.